Bowser's Boosted By Birthday Bash
Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) drew a few hundred people to the one-acre backyard of the Takoma home of Daniel and Loretta Neumann Smith last night for a birthday party aimed at raising money for her reelection campaign.
But she got more than cake and a bundle of checks. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D), who stayed out of last year's Ward 4 special election under a gentleman's agreement with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), endorsed the incumbent. He told the crowd that Bowser had worked hard during her 13-plus months in office and appears to have "universal support."
"If she doesn't get 75 percent of the vote, I will be very disappointed," he said.
Council members Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) also endorsed her at the event, along with shadow Sen. Paul Strauss (D), also up for reelection.
Fenty was supposed to make an appearance, but he is recuperating from his recent bicycle accident. Bowser told the crowd, "I think you heard that the mayor went head over heels for D.C."
Bowser, who turns 36 tomorrow, is facing challenges from three people, Baruti Jahi, Malik F. Mendenhall-Johnson and Paul E. Montague.
"We don't want to leave any vote. We don't want to take any vote for granted," she said. "We're not just doing it for the sake of politicking. We're doing it for real change."
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